Dr. Mac: Protect Your PowerBook From Scuffs and Wear

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 10:07
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Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus’ latest column for the Houston Chronicle discusses ways to protect your PowerBook from scuffs and wear:

First and foremost, I always carry my laptop in a bag or case that provides ample protection from bumps and bruises. I still love and recommend Shaun Jackson Design’s cleverly designed Back Office backpack (reviewed here in August).
Since the display is the most expensive and most precious component in any notebook computer, before I even stick the PowerBook in the backpack, I first insert RadTech’s Notebook ScreensaveRz between its keyboard and display. ScreensaveRz are thin, custom-sized protective cloths that protect the screen from marks that occur when the keys come into contact with the display.
Next, I insert the PowerBook into a RadTech PowerSleevz, an ultrathin, form-fitting, lightweight (40 ounces) cover that protects my PowerBook’s exterior from nicks and scratches.

Read the rest of his advice at the The Chronicle.
What are your tips for keeping your hardware in pristine condition?

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Think Outside Bluetooth Stowaway Travel Mouse Shipping

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 09:15
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Think Outside Bluetooth MouseThink Outside Inc. on Monday began shipping its new US$80 Stowaway Travel Mouse, a Bluetooth mouse that works with smartphones, PDAs and laptops, including PowerBooks and iBooks. The Stowaway features two buttons and a scroll wheel and runs on a pair of AAA batteries that “last several weeks when used three to four hours a day.” The Web site mentions that the expected shipping date is “Fall 2004.”
I have been using the US$55 BT-500 Mobile Mouse from RadTech since I reviewed it on 22 April 2004 and am still happy with it. The BT-500 now comes in white in addition to the original blue.
Does anyone have some hands-on experience with the new Think Outside mouse? Has anyone connected it to a cell phone or PDA or is this just crazy talk?

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Griffin Technology Shipping EarJams

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Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2004, 09:54
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Griffin EarJamsGriffin Technology announced that it has begun shipping the Griffin EarJams.
Introduced this summer at Mac Expo in Paris (and reviewed here on 21 September), EarJams snap onto your iPod?s existing earbud-style headphones and significantly increase the bass output, volume level and comfort. A sonic enhancing cone transmits the sound directly into the ear. Slip-on soft ear pads are provided for protection and comfort. The package also includes a small canvas carrying case. The new Griffin EarJams are available now at Griffin’s Web site for just US$14.99.

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MP3 Player in … Sunglasses?

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Date: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004, 12:36
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Proving we are moving towards ‘All Things MP3′, Oakley is bringing out sunglasses with a built in MP3 player.

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How to get Music off Your iPod

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Date: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004, 12:16
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A how-to on getting music off your iPod. Read more..

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All-in-One Accessory Powers and Syncs iPod

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Date: Monday, November 1st, 2004, 18:40
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Tekkeon announces myPower for iPod , a new iPod case that combines the power of a rechargeable battery with the convenience of a portable dock.

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First Look at the iPod Photo (Updated)

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Date: Monday, November 1st, 2004, 11:51
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iPod Photo Startup ScreenBeing an early adopter I ordered an iPod Photo 60GB last Tuesday. I was surprised that despite being shipped from China that it arrived on Thursday. A couple of quick observations on this excellent new iPod… Read More…

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Working iPod Halloween Costume

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Date: Monday, November 1st, 2004, 08:40
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Slashdot posted a story about to a guy who dressed as a (working) iPod for Halloween:

“I decided to be an iPod for Halloween this year. I didn’t just want to be walking around in a box, so I made it a fully functional costume. I finally found a good use for a tablet PC, and used that for the display. A rewired USB mouse served as the ‘Forward,’ ‘Reverse,’ ‘Play/Pause’ buttons, and a bit of Java code played and displayed the MP3s. Some battery powered speakers provided the sound. It all worked out well, and I even won the costume contest!”

Links and more after the jump…

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iPod Photo Audio Defect

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Date: Monday, November 1st, 2004, 07:15
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iPodlounge has an article discussing the presence of the “same audio defect widely reported in the fourth-generation iPod shortly after its release.” The defect appears in the form of static that can be heard in headphones when the iPod Photo’s hard drive reloads its music memory buffer. If you have an iPod Photo the site urges you to read the prior reports and testing procedure and add comments to this story’s thread.

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iPod Porn

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Date: Monday, November 1st, 2004, 07:27
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Remember how some people claimed that porn was a large contributor to the advancement of Web technology? Well, this article in Wired discusses a Yankee Group study released Monday that predicts a $1 billion global market for mobile porn by 2008.

Apple’s new photo iPod — which one Slashdot wag dubs the iPorn — maxes out at 25,000 pictures or 15,000 songs. It’s a triple-X theater in your pocket, even if it’s only for slide shows. But you know video is next, along with image capture. The iPod already has a microphone attachment that enables you to record audio. (I use it to record the bad country songs I compose in my spare time.)
Cell phones, PDAs, browsers, e-mail clients, cameras and video recorders converged into single handheld devices years ago (did I mention I want a Treo?); the Apple brand will just make it cooler to have one. I imagine the iStudio or iLife is not that far off. Or maybe they’ll call it the miniMac.

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